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4 Factors That Affect the Cost of a New HVAC System

We recommend replacing both HVAC systems simultaneously as it allows for maximized system efficiency and energy savings.

But simply looking at the total cost of a new cooling and heating system might seem intimidating, so it’s important to understand the factors that determine the cost and capabilities of a new AC and furnace, particularly for the Dallas-Fort Worth area:

System Type

Central AC and heating are the most popular options for good reason as each system provides consistently outstanding performance for its function. A new furnace ranges from $3,200 to $9,500 installed, and a new central AC unit typically ranges between $5,800 and $14,000, with an average price of $9,900 installed.

But you don’t necessarily have to replace your AC or heating system with a newer model. If you are interested in an alternative comfort system, consider a heat pump for one unit that heats and cools. They cost between $5,800 and $12,800 installed.

System Size

The size of a unit depends on several factors, but there are three major factors; the square footage needing to be cooled and heated, the climate, and the desired home temperature. The larger the size, the more expensive the unit.

Residential HVAC system sizes range from 1.5- to 5-ton units and are based on the number of British thermal units (BTUs) required to heat or cool a space. When an AC or furnace is too big or small for a particular space, it will not run at its optimal efficiency and will have a significantly reduced life span. An HVAC professional to help you calculate the correct sized unit for your home.

AC Size and cost chart

Efficiency Ratings

The Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) is a measure of an AC system’s output performance. Most air conditioners you find today will meet the required minimum SEER of 14, while newer units rate up to 25 or higher.

Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency rating estimates the percentage of energy a gas furnace converts into usable heat. Most furnaces have an 80% AFUE rating or higher, with top-tier units reaching 97% efficiency.

In terms of cost, the higher the efficiency rating, the more costly the unit and the greater the energy savings.

Installation & Labor

Installation is the biggest factor in the overall cost of a new HVAC system. An independent study by Texas A & M University’s, Department of Mechanical Engineering, concluded that only 1 in 10 installs are done correctly. 50% of installs will have airflow issues and 40% of system will have an issue with refrigerant charge. A system that is installed incorrectly will have performance issues, that will result in more repairs and increased functional costs. 

AC and heating installations should always be done by an HVAC professional with a proven track record to ensure your new units are installed for optimal operation. 

Contact AirCo for Top-Quality AC & Heating Installation

Replacing your heating and cooling systems might seem daunting at first, and it’s not the most glamorous way to spend precious home improvement dollars. However, it’s an investment sure to pay off in the long run as it will keep your family comfortable for years to come.

When you choose AirCo to replace your air conditioner and/or furnace, you’ll get a free estimate for a replacement quote and a two-year installation warranty on parts and labor.

Call us today to beat the heat! Call 601-300-8317 or contact us online to request a free replacement quote.

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